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Qualcomm keeps pressure on DTV date

Thu, 01/29/2009 - 7:05am
Monica Alleven, Wireless Week

The U.S. House yesterday failed to pass a bill delaying the transition from analog to digital TV (story here), leaving some hope for Flo TV network provider Qualcomm.

In the company’s earnings conference call, CEO Paul Jacobs said opposition to the bill in the House included both Democrats and Republicans, although various media reports singled out Republicans as the ones defeating the measure.

“We expect there will be further developments, and we are continuing to request that any legislation retain the Feb. 17 date for nine TV stations in four markets – Boston, Houston, Miami and San Francisco,” Jacobs said. “This would allow Qualcomm to offer its innovative service to an additional 40 million consumers.”

Qualcomm points out that it abided by FCC rules and made investments to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars to extend its Flo TV service. Qualcomm cannot turn on its new transmitters until after the transition date.

More Broadband Direct 01/29/09:
•  Charter hits 60 Mbps with DOCSIS 3.0 service
•  Stimulus package moves one step forward
•  Democrats vow to revive DTV delay bill
•  Verizon to shut down Internet phone service
•  Suddenlink draws a bead on targeted ads
•  TWC revamps Road Runner Web portal
•  Google sets up online broadband testing lab
•  Aurora gets new digs
•  Qualcomm keeps pressure on DTV date
•  Broadband Briefs for 01/29/09

 

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